Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Picking out colors in your footage to establish a palette for graphics, part of EPK Editing Workflows 05: Titles, Graphics, and Output.
While we're in the pocess of creating our opening and closing titles, in particular, we're probably going to want to pick out colors that either are a direct reaction to the main colors in the shots, or are in tune with them. Now, you can use a dedicated color palate for this, like Cooler in After Effects or Photoshop. And pick out compatible colors that are created by other users, but you can do it yourself using your content as well.
Here, for example, I've got a shot and let's say we wanted to pick out some colors that are in this composition. We've got this fantastic rock face, and there's a bit of a tint you can see from the white of her dress. So, I'm going to first of all make a title bin, so I'm just going to click, make a new bin button and call this titles. And I'm going to double click on this to open it up. Now, by the by, I've configured Premier Pro, if I go into my preferences here, this is the edit menu on Windows. This would be the Premiere Pro menu on Mac OS.
Under the General Preferences, I've set up a double click to open bins in place, and a Ctrl, or this would be Cmd on a Mac, double click to open bins in a new window. And this is the opposite of the default functionality. I've just switched these around. Because for me, the way I've got it set is the way the operating system works. It's what I'm used to and it's just, for me, a quicker way of getting around. So, you'll notice when you dip into a bin in this way, you get this up arrow to come back out again. In my titles bin, I'm going to click on the new item button menu.
I'm going to choose title and you get a title, which has the parameters based on your current sequence which is fine and I'll just call this satisfied the video. And I'm doing this because, I plan to include those words in the title. And I find it very helpful to put the text that's in the title in the name of the title, so that you can quickly skim the titles in the bin. You can just see it by looking at the clip name. So here, satisfied the video.
Will actually appear in the bin. So, OK. And there it is. So I know which one it is. And then within the title tool I'm going to need to pick out some colors. So what I'm going to do is first of all I'll just choose the Type Tool. And I'll just type in any text, it doesn't really matter. We'll just put in the word satisfied. And then go to the Selection tool. And then, make sure I've got these handles around the word so I know that the object is selected. So, now the object is selected. I've got the properties for it over on the right.
And if I scroll down, I can see that the fill option is enabled. And by default, we've got a white fill. So I can click on the color swatch here and I can choose another color. But I'm just going to cancel that. And I'm going to click instead with the eye dropper. And I'm going to look for, maybe something from this rock face. Maybe actually that, that blue in the water in the background would be quite good. So I'm going to select that color and the problem is of course, I'm just going to resize a bit here so. I'm going to hold the Shift key down and click and drag on the corner.
The Shift key locks the axis. So, something like that I think will work. And while I'm here I'm going to just center this horizontally. Center it vertically. But, you know, I think it could do with being a little bit higher, so I'll scroll up here and rather than clicking and dragging with the mouse. I'll just click and drag on the y position, and pull this up just a tiny bit that's fine. Now the problem is, because I've chosen exactly the blue of the water, if I just click away so you can see.
It's great in front of the singer. It's great in front of the rocks, but it is sort of blending into the background and we're losing the bottom of that d. So, I'm going to select this again and I'm just going to go back into the color swatch. I'm going to click on here. And now, you'll notice in the color swatch, because I've got a color selected. This has set up the color picker, so I've got this blue hue and I can see where it is in this more detailed display. Now, over on the right I've got a number of different controls to define the way this color is set up.
And what I'm really interested in is this one here, the luma, I'm going to click and drag. To increase the luma, and as I do so, you can see I'm picking out a brighter color but it's exactly the same tone. You see if I click and drag this, see how it's kind of this crazy motion for the selection. But what's happening here is, by just adjust the luma, I'm brightening up the color. But I'm maintaining exactly the same chroma, exactly the same hue.
And, of course, lighter colors are down in sort of, bottom left hand corner here. Darker are the top right hand corner. So we've got this strange curved selection. It's quite difficult to do this by eye. Clicking on the picker because, of course, you might very easily choose a different hue altogether. So if I'm happy with that I can now click OK. And although it's pretty subtle and against this background it's almost starting to look like we're getting some, some green in there. But I've now got a title that shows up against that blue.
In fact, I think that's a bit too strong. Let me just go back in. And pull this down and a little, and, I think we had a hue of 242, let's pull that back in, and okay. Great, so we're now working with a type of a stand out against our blue background as well as the foreground text, and we can do this with any color. So, if I go into the color picker. I think actually this time maybe if I choose the rock face there and then go back in and just drop the luma down so we've got a stronger warmer color.
And now, okay, and you can see it's still stands out perhaps it needs to go even darker let's go back in, calm this down. Okay. So the point here is to pick out colors that stand out but are still compatible with the background.
- Choosing a look for your graphics
- Establishing a color palette based on existing footage
- Choosing fonts
- Working with title templates
- Integrating Photoshop into your workflow
- Working with Photoshop presets
- Creative ways of using graphics and titles
- Outputting files